FROM imaginative cocktails to a rodeo ride on a bucking bronco, there was no shortage of entertainment at this year’s Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt Ball.
It was held in the grounds of Cowdray House, which had been specially floood-lit for the occasion.
And a huge marquee was placed in front of the magnificently-lit house to cater for guests on the evening.
Guests enjoyed champagne and canapés upon their arrival.
And Sasha Parker, an eight-year-old violinist who attends Haslemere Prep School, played at the start of the evening before they all went through to the dining marquee where a sumptuous three-course meal awaited.
The after-dinner entertainments included a visit from the Grittenham Cocktail Bar Company which is based between Midhurst and Petworth.
In a performance reminiscent of Tom Cruise’s film portrayal of a flamboyant cocktail waiter, Grittenham Cocktail Bar staff provided not only amazing cocktails, but demonstrated their skill at creating many cocktails at high speed.
The treacherous bucking bronco gave the more adventurous the chance to show off their skills, while those who wanted to watch the fun from a distance were kept amused by the variety of ways flailing guests managed to stay on their mount.
The casino was by comparison a quieter, but no less competitive area.
The tombola tree and silent auction, supported by local professionals, businesses, pubs and restaurants from the surrounding area, helped to raise much-needed funds.
Well-known auctioneer and Antiques Roadshow expert Dendy Easton led the evening’s ten-lot-strong main auction, which raised a substantial amount for hunt funds.
The evening was rounded off with the live band Malfunction playing until 1.30am to a packed dance floor, testimony to this band’s reputation.